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17-year-old suspect arrested in Jessica Ridgeway murder

Posted at 2:19 PM, Oct 24, 2012

By Mallory Simon, CNN

(CNN) – A 17-year-old student has been arrested in the murder of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, according to a Westminster, Colorado, police report.

The report says the student is charged with first-degree murder and second-degree kidnapping. Multiple sources say that the adolescent’s mother turned him in to police. 

CNN is not naming the suspect or showing his booking photo until we can determine whether he is being charged as an adult or a juvenile.

Jessica, 10, was last seen by her mother as she left for school October 5. Her body was found dismembered last week at a park in Arvada, a Denver suburb five miles from Westminster.

“Late Tuesday evening police received a call that led them to a home near the Ketner Lake Open Space,” police said in a press release.

That visit allowed police to make an arrest in the Ridgeway case, as well as another case, an attempted abduction near Ketner Lake.